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South Florida hires Western Kentucky coach Taggart to replace Skip Holtz

 

Willie Taggart (courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics)

South Florida has hired Willie Taggart to take over its struggling football program.

The 36-year-old has established himself as one of the nation’s top young prospects by turning around a Western Kentucky University football program that had a history of losing.

Taggart led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record in 2012 and will make their first postseason appearance since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) when they take on Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Hilltoppers defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will lead the team in the bowl.

The Saturday press conference brought Taggart home to the Tampa Bay area where he grew up before going to play and later coach at Western Kentucky, which is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky on the Tennessee border.

Taggart replaces Skip Holtz, who was fired following the worst season in the Bulls 16-year history at 3-9, 1-6 in the Big East good for 8th place.

 

Info compiled from University of South Florida & Western Kentucky University athletics

 

ESPN paying $80 million to televise Rose Bowl game

 

Rose Bowl entrance (2009 photo by Bobak Ha'eri via wikipedia commons)

ESPN has agreed to pay an average of $80 million a year to broadcast the Rose Bowl game from 2015 through 2026. The agreement was reported by the Sports Business Journal.

The current deal is a payout of $30 million and the jump to $80 million is an increase of 167 percent.

The Pac-12 and the Big Ten will be able to keep all media revenue from the game, except in the years where the Rose Bowl hosts a national championship semifinal game. During those years, the revenue will be distributed to all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

 

Info compiled from Sports Business Journal, Radio & TV news

COTTON BOWL: #7 Arkansas 29 #11 Kansas State 16

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 2012 Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas has been won by the Arkansas over Kansas State, 29-16.

Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown in the 2011 season as the #7 Razorbacks matched a school-record for wins with 11 by defeating the #11 Wildcats.

The other Arkansas team’s who have won 11 games in a season, is the 1964 and 1977 editions.

Adams’ 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave Arkansas (11-2) a 10-0 advantage.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes.

Kansas State, who finishes the season at 10-3, scored 16 points in a row to close to within 19-16.

Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein tied the Big 12 record with his 27th rushing touchdown of the season and matched the Football Bowl Subdivision record for a quarterback.

GAME NOTES:

*Although the two schools are less than 400 miles apart, they have played only four times, with the last meeting in 1967. Kansas State leads the series 3-2.

* The Razorbacks only losses were to LSU and Alabama, the national title contenders.

* The Wildcats losses were to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

* Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson led the SEC in passing for more than 285 yards a game.

* Arkansas WR Jarius Wright had 1,029 yards receiving on 63 receptions and 11 touchdowns. All of his stats are single-season school records. He produced all of those stats in 11 games and sat our one game with an injury. He led the SEC with 6 catches and 94 yards a game.

* Kansas State QB Collin Klein is very good. He accounted for 66% of the plays that the Wildcats and 69% of the team’s total offense. The 6’5, 226-pound junior rushed for 1,099 yards this season.

 

Info compiled from University of Arkansas, Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

 

CHICK-fil-A BOWL preview: Virginia vs. Auburn tonight in Atlanta at 7:30 pm on ESPN

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The Auburn Tigers were the national champions last year. But this postseason, they’ve taken a step back to 7-5 and will have to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve.

This year’s team, without star QB Cam Newton, had a sluggish offense, a porous defense and were blown out in several games.

They’ll take on a young team in the Virginia Cavaliers who are 8-4.

The Cavaliers are making a return to postseason play after a three-year absence and will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl for the first time since 1998.

The Tigers have one of the top rushing offenses (174.8 yards per game) in the country. The Cavaliers are one of the top 40 rushing defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Virginia, during a four-game winning streak won its first ACC road win since 2009 and its first win at Florida State.

 

Info compiled from Auburn University & University of Virginia news

Ohio native Stoops fired by Arizona Wildcats

Mike Stoops (courtesy of U of Arizona athletics)

The Arizona Wildcats have this week off before they return to action with an televised home game against UCLA on Thursday October 20 on ESPN.

The bye-week was a good time for UA athletic director Greg Byrne to decide to fire head coach Mike Stoops or not.

Byrne decided to drop the hammer now instead of at season’s end.

The Stoops era ends after 7.5 years with a 41-50 record and a 1-5 record this season.

Stoops took Arizona to bowl games in each of the past three seasons, but the Wildcats finished last year on a five-game losing streak and have lost five straight this year since beating Northern Arizona University in the opening game.

Arizona has not beat a Football Bowl Subdivision school since beating UCLA last year.

Tim Kish, longtime UA linebackers coach will take over the team for the rest of the season.

Stoops took Arizona to the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, the 2009 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl and the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.

This year the Wildcats are ranked among the nation’s worst defensive teams and have been hurt by poor starts in every one of their five losses.

Stoops is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and the brother of University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

Info compiled from the University of Arizona

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